What causes sleep apnea?
There are many causes for sleep apnea and snoring and ways to treat it. Working together with you and your physician, our dental team can help you reduce sleep apnea, improve sleep and prevent snoring.
What to Expect
Our clinic provides you with options to help analyze the cause of your sleep apnea and snoring and assist in treating it through orthodontics to re-position the bite, a night guard to prevent grinding and clenching, a sleep apnea appliance, oral surgery, or other methods that will assist in opening the airway and allowing you to breathe better.
You will have a better understanding of your condition and how to best treat it for your overall health.
BREATHE BETTER, SLEEP BETTER: SLEEP APNEA APPLIANCES
Treating sleep apnea can be accomplished through a variety of methods, including a CPAP machine or surgical procedures. But did you know that using a custom fit dental appliance is also a very effective treatment option? If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea– a condition in which relaxation of the muscles around the tongue and throat causes the tissues to block airflow to the lungs while you sleep – a sleep apnea appliance may be what you need.
What to Expect
Mandibular advancement devices, which ease the jaw forward, or tongue retaining devices can be made and worn during the night to open up the airway and allow you to breathe easier. These appliances are created by first taking impressions of your upper and lower teeth. This will then be sent to a lab where the appliance is made. You will return to the office about two weeks later to try the appliance on and have it adjusted, if needed. Instructions are given on how to insert and remove the appliance, keep it clean and when to wear it. The same appliances can prevent snoring.
You can expect to sleep better, wake up feeling refreshed and prevent snoring. It is important to bring the appliance to every dental cleaning to have it checked and adjusted if needed.